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8 Teeth to Eat You

Author: Adam Gnade
05/31/2002 | San Diego Union-Tribune | Live Show Preview
Maniacally aggressive indie-punk guitar onslaught, primal screaming vocals and savage drums.

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Just because you asked, I learned to write in cursive in second grade and totally hated it. Still do. I mean, what a moronic, antiquated form of communication. First off, it's usually pretty sloppy and looks like you were either really stone-cold drunk or driving over potholes while you wrote it. Also, it gives big-time hand cramps with that lame, flowing script and, finally, unless some major calligraphy training has gone down, it is absolutely impossible to read. Terrible stuff. Was my ultra-super-arch-enemy back then. Fought it tooth 'n' nail every step of the way. It was my first step of rebellion, and my teacher, Mrs. Knudsen, and the rest of my class hated me for hating it. They all loved cursive, adored it. Heathens.

Anyway, this Cursive I do like. With its bipolar mix of post-emo distortion pedal rock dude stomp/twee boy guitar chime and primal screamo/hungover mumble vocals, this Omaha band's music is so incredibly different than the handwriting style that ... well, it feels like a triumph against my old enemy. Or, more so, a DC-style kids-of-Fugazi icicle to the eye of whoever came up with cursive. Like, I almost want to call up frontman Tim Kasher and say, "Thanks. Thanks, man. Next time you come to San Diego you ain't paying for ANYTHING."

Or maybe not. Because if I find out he digs writing in cursive, my whole image of them will be gone. I'll be crushed. I'll lose the will to live. Or something.

Cursive will release its latest EP, "8 Teeth To Eat You," a split with Japan's Eastern Youth, (Better Looking Records) June 4. Other suggested Cursive listening includes: "Domestica" (Saddle Creek) and "The Storms of Early Summer: Semantics of Song" (Saddle Creek).

Eastern Youth, Jack's Broken Heart, and Counterfit will also play.